16 April, 2015

#CharacterInterview :: Meet Ruby Iyer from The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

A near life experience told Laxmi Hariharan to write. She never stopped.

Laxmi is the creator of Ruby Iyer, and the Amazon bestselling, eLit Gold winner The Destiny of Shaitan (Bombay Chronicles #1). She has been a journalist and a global marketer with NBCU and MTV. Laxmi also blogs for Huffington Post, among others.

London is where she writes. Bombay is what fires her imagination.

Reach her on Twitter or on Facebook at through her Blog.

A YA action thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kick-ass protagonist, taking you on a white knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.

A terrifying encounter propels Ruby Iyer from her everyday commute into a battle for her own survival. Trusting her instincts, she fights for what she believes in, led on a mysterious path between life and death on the crowded roads of Bombay; and when her best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the sexy Vikram Roy, a cop-turned-rogue, on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

In Conversation with Ruby Iyer:

So Ruby, what is the sweetest memory from your school days?
You could call it bitter-sweet really. I’ve never really been very good at making friends. I think it’s because I spent most of my childhood years in my head – if that make sense. I was way too busy trying to figure out what was happening inside me to pay attention to what was happening in the outside world. My best memory was probably in my primary (junior) school year. I didn’t have as much fear then, so was always experimenting with new things to do. I used to love to cycle with one best friend Aria. Her father was an English diplomat stationed in Bombay. She had really expensive BMX bike, but was always a little too scared of taking it out onto the main roads of SoBo. But I managed to convince her to cycling down Marine Drive together … Pedalling hard, getting out of breath, trying to race each other with the sound of  the waves crashing against my ears. It’s one of the most wonderful memories. Until she crashed off the pavement and was almost hit by a passing car. Her mother never allowed her to ride with me again.

What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?
My weekly pocket money never stretched to the things I really wanted. Sure 1000 rupees a week was a lot of money for a kid like me. But hey try stretching it to a daily ice-cream sundae from New Yorkers and Haywards 2000. My money used to run out by a Thursday and there was no chance I would get a top up from Ma or Dad. So once I was so desperate I stole my little brother’s pocket money. He never knew of course where the money went missing. The beer didn’t taste as good that week.

What is the one thing that you would change from your past?
I should have killed him when I had the chance.

What's your poison?
I think men in uniform are my downfall. Not that I have ever seen Vikram in uniform ( or out of it ... Yet :) but I think Vikram's my sweet poison. He's in my blood. Though I'd trust him with my life. Am just not able to trust him with my love. Perhaps I can't trust anyone enough to love them .. That completely 

What kind of music do you like?
Rock-music. Always rock. Right now it’s the 1975. I have a serious crush on the lead singer. 

What 3 things are always in your purse?
I prefer a backpack actually. Purses are for cutesy girls. 
There’s only one thing I can’t do without. My iPhone and my noise reducing earphones. Okay that’s two things. So I can snapchat, follow my favourite Instagram accounts, write on my phone and of course listen to music.
I can’t do without my favourite lipstick too.

Who was your first crush?
Sid. My cricket partner. That’s until Tania came along. Boys can be real fickle, and they just seem to like needy girls more; know what I mean? So don’t think there is any hope for me.

Which attracts you the most - Sea, hills or jungle? Why?
The sea. Love the sunrise and sets over the horizons at the beach … And to be able to walk for hours on the shore listening to music is when I am really happy

Does Laxmi listen to you or do you always follow her directives?
Normally, I have my way. Sometimes she can be adamant though … We’ve had some interesting arguments, but managed not to kill each other. Yet...

Quick Choices:
Utopia or Dystopian?
Dystopia leading to Utopia

Vampires or Werewolves?
Werewolves. Handsome, ripped, lean ones please.

Batman or Superman
Ha! Batman. No competition

Pizza or Pasta
Pizza monster – me.

Action or Drama
What do you think? 

The prequel to The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer: This is a peek into the soul of an angry, young girl, who will come of age in a city on the verge of total annihilation.

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